Inspired by Blue was commissioned for Bente Illevold in 2020 as a solo euphonium work. It is loosely based on the blues scale and the classical rondo form. The inspiration behind the piece is the colour blue, and the various shades it can take in nature. The start is a mournful deep blue which returns towards the end with a short development. The faster section of the piece is a rhythmically playful part using fragments of rhythm, and dynamics, to showcase a brighter and lighter blue colour palette – similar to how eyes might sparkle. A syncopated melody features throughout the work, and this is developed in a composed improvisation section in the middle (or C section) of the work. The piece is roughly 5 minutes long. TC part.